CruiseThe Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva will feature several innovative wellness concepts.

NCL unveils first charcoal sauna at sea

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The new Mandara Spa onboard the two Prima Class ships offer an eclectic range of wellness treatments to target specific concerns.
The new Mandara Spa onboard the two Prima Class ships offer an eclectic range of wellness treatments to target specific concerns. Photo Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) first two Prima Class ships — Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva — will feature the cruise industry’s first charcoal sauna at sea, among a host of other new spa experiences.

The charcoal sauna was inspired by Japanese and Korean wellness practices. In NCL’s modern take on the Asian treatments, this sauna uses a radiant heat system with an outer charcoal layer to reach temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees Celsius. The sauna is believed to help boost circulation and metabolism, detoxify the body, loosen muscles, and promote better rest.

This charcoal sauna is one of eight thermal spa offerings available at the Mandara Spa. Alongside the new spa offerings, the two ships will also house the following:
Ice Room: Cold air to increase blood circulation, invigorate the respiratory tract and strengthen the immune system
Experiential Showers: Multiple water jets to invigorate the body, lower body temperature and stimulate blood circulation
Flotation Salt Pool: Experience zero gravity while floating in saltwater to promote relaxation, soothe muscles and joints, boost blood circulation and detoxification.

New treatments unveiled at the spa include the Ocean Spa Wave Massage, where guests relax on a water-filled cushion wrapped in nutrient-rich sea plants and marine algae while they get treated to a cleansing seaweed mask, and scalp and foot massages. There’s also the Zero Gravity Wellness Massage where a guest gets a series of massages while suspended on a table.

The Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap and Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap essentially wraps users in a variety of essential oils to address arthritis or reduce cellulite.

Additionally, the Mandara Spa will also feature two relaxation beds from the Gharieni Group that utilises sound and vibration to relax the brain, and the Wellmassage5D bed which provides a pre-programmed full-body massage.

Alongside the new spa offerings, the two ships will also offer thermal experiences and hot-stone loungers which have proven to be a hit among NCL guests who have sailed on the cruise line’s other ships.

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